Primary (2XNJ)

PGCE with QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
Canterbury Christ Church University
Financial support

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

The training covers the whole primary curriculum with additional bespoke sessions on the ethos, vision and values of a church school. We also provide training on teaching RE and leading an act of collective worship. As a member of a school team who are included in the school training sessions and as a member of Aquila you will have a bespoke induction day with the team and attend our MAT conference. Assessment is through the portfolio of evidence and academic assignments for the PGCE and masters level credits, both of these are optional additions to the main QTS training. PGCE assignments are intended to be based in practice and you will be supported by an academic tutor through the process of research and writing these essays. All CCCU training days are held at a CCCU campus. Aquila training may be in any of the Trust schools.

Interview process

The interview is intended for you to show that you have a passion for teaching and an understanding of the needs of primary aged pupils and how to engage them in learning. You will be interviewed by a panel which will include a representative of Aquila, the lead school and may include a CCCU tutor. You will be expected a take a short maths test and undertake a short piece of reflective writing as part of the interview process. Once you are successful, you will be given a list of schools offering a training placement and should have a conversation with that school to ensure you will fit in with their team and you are confident they can meet your training needs.

How school placements work

Within Aquila, The Diocese of Canterbury Academies Trust you will have the choice of one of our 12 Church of England Primary Schools around Kent to choose from. The second school experience will be a minimum of a 4-week block of 20 days. Any missed days must be made up so that a minimum of 20 days are completed by all student teachers. Aquila will place you in a contrasting school for the whole of term 3. Our schools are paired so you will build a relationship with the trainee who is usually in the school and the mentor. Student teachers should have visit days, in advance of, and in addition to, their block, in order to become familiar with their second school and gather the required information in order to make the best start to, and prepare to teach on, their second school placement. You will teach in your usual age range and a contrasting age class. You can elect to teach in 4-7 years or 5-11. There are currently 12 schools within Aquila but we will also partner with other schools which are equally committed to providing high quality teaching. All trainees also have the opportunity to see strong teaching practice in a nursery and secondary school.


The school will pay a salary as an unqualified Teacher scale 1 as a minimum.

Training Fees will be paid directly to CCCU from the school QTS Only.

The PGCE route means that the student can decide whether they wish to pay the additional amount to study for the PGCE.

Financial support

Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.

If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.



We expect all our trainees to have a degree or be in the final year of your degree when you apply.

The subject of the degree does not need to be a curriculum area within the primary curriculum.

All trainees must have a grade C or above in GCSE Maths, English and Science. Equivalency tests are available, please contact Canterbury Christ Church University.

Salaried entry requirements necessitate three years education work experience.

Personal qualities

Teaching is a highly rewarding profession. We expect you to be able to articulate a genuine passion for teaching and to be able to back this up through practical experience of working with primary aged children. We prefer this experience to be within a primary school and for a sustained period of time so you are prepared for the expectations of the training year.

Other requirements

Aquila is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Successful candidates will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check. We aspire to excellence; to secure the best possible outcomes for children and young people, enabling them to fulfil their potential and make a worthwhile contribution to our diverse, dynamic society. Our academies design their coverage of the curriculum to provide challenging and exciting learning experiences in a caring and nurturing environment which is based on our strong Christian values. Our academy’s value every individual and celebrate differences through their culture of mutual trust and shared values.

About the training provider

Aquila is a group of primary schools dedicated to working together to provide an exciting and effective education for pupils in all our schools. We are committed to a programme of staff development, so have additional face to face training days for School Direct and continue with this programme into the NQT year and beyond. We have a level of flexibility in our provision and all our School Direct student teachers have the opportunity of gaining a PGCE qualification, with Master’s Level credit as well as QTS. By staying with the Trust and engaging in our training you could be a school leader within ten years. We are committed to your wellbeing so you will have mentor support and a peer network. Once you are qualified you will be allocated a coach who will support your career development with us and guide you to become the best teacher you can be.

About the accredited body

The University celebrated 50 years of working in Initial Teacher Education in 2012. As a foundation of the Church of England Christian values are embedded. CCCU are proud of their reputation as one of the largest and most successful providers of Initial Teacher Education (ITE) in the country. Partnership with public sector organisations is key to their success. CCCU work in partnership with many schools in Kent and beyond to deliver one of the largest and most diverse School Direct Programmes in the country.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Aquila prides itself on being an inclusive community. We will provide support for disclosed disabilities as far as possible within the constraints of the school sites. If you have particular needs, please discuss these at interview or during your visit to your preferred placement school. Additional support for CCCU may be available for trainees with dyslexia.

Contact details

01303 297020
Diocese of Canterbury
Unit 33, Folkestone Enterprise Cen
Folkestone, Kent
CT19 4RH


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